Cpl. Ron Pate

I was a 2841 in ELMACO with Pate we both were in Radio Relay section, we had not worked together much as I had problem with 1St Sgt. During move from Air Base by Dog Patch to FLC I had helped move Com stuff in Radio Relay to the Plywood Elephant, I think I only had a rack at FLC a couple days. Got to Nam in Nov. burner shitters and TAD to conveys duty as Co. Camder did like my records of M.O.S. from C&E. Batt San Diego a another story! Ronny and I walked to club that night a little late so we stood up leaning on the fence, round eyes on stage were great. Grenade went off Pate and I were knocked to ground when I woke up later, Marines were still leaving so I moved Ron and my self to wall so not to trip any one. All Marines inside club thought the gooks were inside the wire so they were leaving for Defense.

Ronny they say got a piece in the heart , I was wounded from shoulders to ankles. Marines reasonable did not do time. One got a Bad Conduct discharge but because of Drugs. I have never talked about this as of coarse I never received purple heart nor should have I but being in N.S.A. Guam Naval hospital Japan then Great Lakes till June 1970, I seen so many wounded Marines legs arms missing burns Infection as I was on Ward 3 S. great lakes dirty ward. Plus I got to come home early Ronnie stood by me I lived he died. I am going to PTSD meetings now for a year or so. I am telling this for others maybe me some. I now wear Marine Hats, put emblems on my trucks 10 or 15 years ago. I was always proud my being a Marine by volunteering to serve in Corp and Nam. But being stationed at El. Tore from June to Oct. with all the Hippy Dippy spitting outside gate. Last time I was spit on was in Denver Airport by a mother of two children plus not many regular people supported us either

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  • Terry Reilly

    In reply to Dave Magnenat.
    Dave Magnenat do you recall a Kevin Reilly he was with Lima 3/5 from 1966 to 1968?


  • chris wesling

    In reply to Jim McIntyre.
    My dad was at red beach 69-70. He mentioned he was threatened with ( fragging ). He was really pissed off as he was a ” gung-ho” marine of 30 years serving on Tinian/Saipan, then Korea & Vietnam,1942-1972. My dad; Mgy/sgt William j. Wesling- E-9 ;RIP


  • DANIEL ZAWIEJSKI (SKI) 7TH. MOTOR BATTLION (B CO.) CHU LAI VIETNAM 1966-1967

    In reply to DANIEL ZAWIEJSKI (SKI) 7TH. MOTOR BATTLION (B CO.) CHU LAI VIETNAM 1966-1967.
    SKI TO DAVE I WAS WITH 7TH MOTOR BATTLION AND WE WERE OUT AT EVERY HILL THE MARINES OWN FOR A MONTH AT A TIME OR LONGER. AND PLACE’S THAT WERN’T EVEN ON THE MAP. I HAVE BEEN TO SO MANY OUT POSTS BUT HILL 3/5 WAS THE (WORST!) WE WERE THERE IN THE (MONSOON SEASON) THE MUD WAS UP TO YOUR KNEES ALLWAYS RAINING, TENTS ALLWAYS LEAKING, ALLWAYS EATING C- RATION’S AND THE VC ALLWAYS ATTACKING AT NIGHT MAN WHAT A SHIT HOLE! NO BODY KNEW WHO WAS IN CHARGE AND WHAT WAS GOING ON.WHAT A CLUSTER F–K! HILL 3/5 REMINEDED ME OF THAT VIETNAM MOVIE (APOCALYPSE NOW) WHEN THE CAPTAIN AND THE NAVY BOAT WAS OUT AT THE FURTHEST OUTPOST UP THE RIVER BY THAT BRIDGE WITH THE VC YELLING I KILL YOU GI ETC. AND LOOKING FOR WHO EVER WAS IN CHARGE AND ASK THAT SOLDIER ON THE (50) IF HE KNEW WHO WAS IN CHARGE AND HIS ANSWER WAS I THOUGHT YOU WERE SIR? THEN THE SOLDIER ON THE (M79) GERNADE LAUNCHER SAYS HE’S CLOSE (VC YELLING) POPPED OFF A ROUND AND GOT HIM AND THEY WENT BACK TO SLEEP. ONE NIGHT AROUND 2-3 AM THE VC TRIED TO OVER RUN HILL 3/5 ALL WE COULD DO WAS FIRE INTO THE ON COMING VC COMING UP THE HILL FROM THE RICE PATTIES, COULDN’T SEE S- -T THE BIG GUNS 175MM AND 155MM WERE ON TOP OF THE HILL AND FIRED POINT BLANK RIGHT DOWN THE HILL GROUND LEVEL TO THE RICE PATTIES MAN YOU WANT TO TALK (MASSACISAM) AT DAY BREAK! I NEVER SAW ANYTHING LIKE THAT IN MY LIFE. THE GROUND HAD HUGE SWIRL HOLES DOWN THE SIDE OF THE HILL AND BODY’S EVERY WHERE JUST ANOTHER DAY IN THE MARINE CORPS SEMPER FI SKI


  • DANIEL ZAWIEJSKI (SKI) 7TH. MOTOR BATTLION (B CO.) CHU LAI VIETNAM 1966-1967

    In reply to Dave Magnenat.
    SKI TO DAVE WAS AT HILL 3/5 WE STAYED AT EVERY HILL FOR A MONTH AT A TIME. HILL 3/5 WAS A REAL MESS WITH THE MARINE’S. THEY WERE KILL CRAZY! THEY (HUNG) A (V C) IN FRONT OF THE CHAPLE EVERY MORNING. DROVE THE CHAPLEN CRAZY! 3/5 WAS OUR FARTHEST OUT POST AT THE TIME. WE TRIED TO CLOSE THE GAP TO GET TO (DANANG) FOR A SUPPLY RUN BUT NO LUCK (CHARLIE OWN THAT PART OF NAM) DEAD MAN’S ALLEY FARTHEST WE GOT WAS (TAMKIE) AND GOT OUR ASSES KICKED MANY MARNIE’S DIED THE DAY. SEMPER FI SKI


  • Dave Magnenat

    In reply to DANIEL ZAWIEJSKI (SKI) 7TH. MOTOR BATTLION (B CO.) CHU LAI VIETNAM 1966-1967.
    Semper Fi Ski, to answer the final question in your message—Where were you in 1967?.. I was sitting on those same hills in Chu Lai as you were. I was a Doc with Kilo 3/5. You know that there are people out there that know exactly how you feel and what you went thru. As you may remember, Docs were very short in supply and greatly needed in those days. So I ended up serving with all companies in 3/5 and saw action in nearly all ops that occurred. It has been nearly 50 years since I came home and I am still being treated for PTSD. It isn’t something that you wake up some morning and it is gone. It takes a lot of help, time and people to get a grasp and control of. But it can be done…….My personal heart felt “THANK YOU” to all of those Marines who I served with for keeping me alive and in one piece.


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